Sunday Readings: Having Books, Traveling

In case you missed it, Madison Magazine shares our introduction to last month’s edition of our monthly “Sunday Reads” newsletter.

This article originally appeared as an introduction to the April edition of Madison Magazine’s monthly newsletter “Sunday Reads,” curated by Associate Editor Maggie Ginsberg. The rest of the monthly newsletter includes links to other articles inside and outside the magazine, as well as book covers and other literary news in the city. Sign up for future newsletters here. There is still time to sign up for the next newsletter, which will be sent by email on Sunday, May 29.

For the May issue, we three editors each got to take a road trip to a Midwestern location of our choosing. As soon as we discovered this was happening, we eagerly started researching potential “hidden gem” towns. Andrea Behling and Maija Inveiss started by scouting for the best food and drink within driving distance. I, of course, searched for bookstores on Google.

As a visitor, I believe there is no better gateway to a city than the local bookstore or library. There is arguably no better measure of a community’s health than whether it can sustain an independent bookstore. And if you’re lucky enough to find a book about the area you want to visit, it can add the richest layers to your vacation.

I’ve been known to lug a stack of history and guidebooks on family trips and read aloud to my captive cargo so they better appreciate where we’re going. But my favorite part is searching for local authors in my destinations and finding a novel they’ve written, especially if it’s based in their city. For example, once on our way to another location, a series of unfortunate events left us stranded for two weeks in Great Falls, Montana. When I learned that this was author Pete Fromm’s hometown, I had two of his novels sent there. As we explored our unexpected destination, I felt like I was experiencing the city on an entirely different plane, losing myself in a fictional world with a much deeper and more authentic point of view than if I had read the books at the House . It’s hard to articulate, unless you’re a book lover. So you know.

After perusing Fair Trade Books and noting the strong list of events supporting local authors, I chose Red Wing, Minnesota for my road trip. I had a wonderful time exploring the city, which you can read about in the new issue, and the amazing food, drink, entertainment and leisure activities we all found on our travels. In Red Wing, be sure to stop by the bookstore and meet the shop’s dog and owner who offers a free book to every first customer. There is only one catch: she can choose it – which, in my opinion, is absolutely perfect.

This article originally appeared as an introduction to the April edition of Madison Magazine’s monthly “Sunday Reads” newsletter, which is curated by Associate Editor Maggie Ginsberg and includes a recap on the current issue. of print, links to print articles you may have missed, web exclusive. content like Doug Moe’s Madison Blog, Author Q&As, and other literary coverage in the city. To sign up for the monthly newsletter, enter your email address below. The next newsletter will be sent by e-mail on Sunday 29 May.

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